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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:09 pm    Post subject: Winter prep Reply with quote

What did everyone do to prep thier hives for the winter?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made winter cover from straw and will put it on top of the hive today or tomorrow. I am also making some fondant today that I will attach on top bars so the bees don't starve. I only have honey on 4 top bars and I am SCARED Sad

Now I am thinking how to attach fondant on top bars ?
And where should I put it.....

We have nice weather and bees are flying around these days so this is the time for last check of the hive. I am pesimist about my late swarm survival over the winter...
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gave mine a feed in October, but they have since been foraging madly on ivy, so I think they are probably well stocked-up.

Slodrone - attaching fondant to top bars is tricky. I tried hanging it in net bags, but it tends to dry out. I haven't tried this, but I'm wondering if wrapping it in slabs in 'cling film' against the underside of top bars might work. If a top bar was laid on a sheet of cling film (Saran wrap in the USA) with fondant below it and the whole parcel wrapped up in cling film so as to totally enclose the fondant, the top bar could be replaced and it would be like a sealed comb of honey. Bees can easily cut through cling film just like it was wax, so they will be able to get at it when needed and it will still be moist.

The downside is heavily plasticized, foreign synthetic inside the hive - if temporarily. I doubt very much if the bees ingest it, though.

Just an idea - no guarantees!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I will come up with something and just pray afterwards Smile
As I understand they don't take so much food over the winter as they need in the beginning of the spring. I will have to watch those closely. That "family" is also small. I don't know if thats good or not when there is no tso much honey...
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi slodrone, (kako pa je u Sloveniji)
I use top bar feeder for fondant in this mode.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Varrex hi, it is good in Slovenia Smile

Thanks for the pic.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Waxed paper or thick plastic like the kind used for drop cloth works fine. I lay the waxed paper on the bottom and put the fondant on that. I did not notice any problems the bees had with it drying out. If you hang it in an initation comb basket you could put plastic or waxed paper on the sides as long as you leave the right and left edges exposed for access it should be fine.

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I am assuming that what your drawing is an artificial comb can you tell us more about it's design?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gary,

Perhaps will be easier to understand if you look at the feeder from here:
http://www.beesfordevelopment.org/files/topbar-bfdj38.pdf

Divided in the middle, most perforated hardboard,
joined at the bottom with a rubber hinge.
It opens and closes as a book.
I do one, and then feedback photo.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Winter prep Reply with quote

Gary wrote:
What did everyone do to prep thier hives for the winter?


In answer to the original question. Nothing! Rolling Eyes Cool Very Happy

twill be different in Sweden though. Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I have seen this article before. I had a big drowning problem. I have switched to bakers fondant.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:53 pm    Post subject: ANOTHER project is born Reply with quote

the terrific plans for the syrup feeder helped with another of my issues with 'my' ferel hive..thank you! ..if and when they get captured/swarm, i will put them in a top bar hive and that type of syrup feeder would be perfect..they weren't in the strongest shape last year and i'm praying they will survive the winter...the weather has been so weird here that i would like to feed them as soon as i see a sign of life come spring..what would be a good way to support them ? Sugar in a baggie with a slit in the top for feeding access somewhere nearby the hive? or would that encourage other flying undesirables? German yellowjackets can be a problem here.. So many questions! So many projects!

thanx in advance Very Happy
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